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'La La Land' Director Plots New Musical TV Show 'The Eddy'

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La La Land director Damien Chazelle will direct a new musical TV series called The Eddy, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The drama will center around a club in modern-day Paris, its owner, the house band and "the volatile city that surrounds them."

British screenwriter and playwright Jack Thorne will write The Eddy. Thorne is known for co-writing the This Is England spin-off series with Shane Meadows and creating the supernatural BBC show The Fades. He's also written for the hit teen drama Skins and the original British version of »

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‘Masters of the Universe’ Gets Release Date, Starts Search for Director

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Charlie’s Angels” and “Terminator: Salvation” director McG will not direct Sony’s upcoming adaptation of “He-Man and the Masters of the Universe,” TheWrap has learned.

McG has left the project after circling around it since early last year. Longtime DC Films writer David S. Goyer (“Batman v. Superman,” The “Dark Knight” Trilogy) is still attached to pen the script.

Sony has begun the search to replace McG in the director’s chair and has set “Masters of the Universe” to be released on December 18, 2019. It’s a release slot. »

- Jeremy Fuster

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Cannes Film Festival Adds Roman Polanski Film to Lineup

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The 2017 Cannes Film Festival has added seven more films to its lineup, including Roman Polanski‘s “D’après une histoire vraie,” Cannes organizers announced on Monday.

Other additions include films by Ruben Ostlund, Santiago Mitre and Barbet Schroeder.

The new additions:

Main Competition: “The Square” by Ruben Ostlund

Out of Competition: “D’après une histoire vraie” by Roman Polanski

Un Certain Regard: “La Cordillera” by Santiago Mitre “Walking Past the Future” by Li Ruijun

Special Screenings: “Le Vénérable W.” by Barbet Schroeder “Carré 35” by Éric Caravaca

Children’s Screening: “Zombillénium” by Arthur de Pins and Alexis Ducord

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- Steve Pond

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Disney’s ‘Miracle’ Actor Michael Mantenuto Found Dead at 35

23 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Michael Mantenuto, an actor and hockey player who starred in Disney’s 2004 film “Miracle,” has died. He was 35.

Mantenuto died on Monday of an apparent suicide, according to TMZ, and was found in his car by police in Des Moines, Wash. TMZ reports that the actor died by shooting himself.

Miracle” tells the story of the U.S. men’s hockey team that won the gold medal at the 1980 Winter Olympics. The American’s victory over the heavily favored Soviet team was dubbed the “Miracle on Ice.” The U.S. would go on to beat Finland to win gold. Mantenuto played Jack O’Callahan, a member of the U.S. team who injures his knee, but returns to the rink to take on the Soviets ,and makes a key shot that leads to a U.S. goal. Kurt Russell and Patricia Clarkson also star in the movie.

Mantenuto’s Hollywood career was limited apart from “Miracle.” He did, however appear in the 2006 TV movie “Dirtbags” and 2008’s “Surfer, Dude.”

After his acting career, Mantenuto joined the military. In a news release announcing Mantenuto’s death, Col. Guillaume Beaurpere wrote, “Those of you that knew Mike will remember him for his passionate love for his family and his commitment to the health of the force.”


- Seth Kelley

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'Baahubali 2: The Conclusion' premiere cancelled after Vinod Khanna's death

27 April 2017 6:24 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Legendary Indian actor and producer passed away aged 70.

The Mumbai premiere of Indian blockbuster Baahubali: The Conclusion has been cancelled as a mark of respect to Indian actor Vinod Khanna.

The revered Bollywood star, producer and politican died today (April 27) aged 70 from bladder cancer.

Producer Karan Johar, whose Dharma Productions is distributing the Hindi version of the film, said on Twitter: “As a mark of respect to our beloved Vinod Khanna the entire team of Baahubali has decided to cancel the premiere tonight.”

He added: “His screen presence is unparalleled even today… his super star swag is what we grew up on… Rip #VinodKhanna… thoughts and prayers…”

Khanna, known for his good looks, was one the biggest Indian film stars of the 70s and 80s.

He left showbiz to follow spiritual teacher Osho Rajneesh in 1982 before returning to acting five years later.  

Later, he became a politician, representing Gurdaspur constituency in Punjab four times for the ruling »

- orlando.parfitt@screendaily.com (Orlando Parfitt)

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Box-Office Preview: 'The Circle' No Match for 'Fate of the Furious'

27 April 2017 6:40 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Be prepared for another quiet frame at the U.S. box office on the last weekend before the summer season kicks off May 5.

The biggest new offering that opens Friday is filmmaker James Ponsoldt's The Circle, an indie thriller about the dangers of the high-tech age that stars Emma Watson, who is coming off her billion-dollar blockbuster Beauty and the Beast, and Tom Hanks. The film is projected to open in the $11 million-$12 million range from 3,163 theaters. 

That won't be enough to drive The Fate of the Furious off the road. The latest installment »

- Pamela McClintock

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Teen Drama Hit ’13 Reasons Why’ Heading For Season 2 Renewal At Netflix

27 April 2017 7:55 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

One of the interesting things about Netflix and their original series is that the passage of what becomes a hit (seemingly: the streaming service still fiercely protect actual viewership figures, but it’s easy enough to tell from social media buzz and the like) is genuinely organic. “Orange Is The New Black” became a much bigger talking point than the infinitely more-hyped “House Of Cards,” “Bojack Horseman” gradually built fans to become a cult comedy, and last year, “Stranger Things” came from almost nowhere to become seemingly the streaming service’s buzziest show ever.

Continue reading Teen Drama Hit ’13 Reasons Why’ Heading For Season 2 Renewal At Netflix at The Playlist. »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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‘Donald Trump’ Reflects on Why He Won’t Fire Sean Spicer on Inaugural ‘The President Show’ (Video)

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Donald Trump” premiered the very first episode of “The President Show” on Comedy Central Thursday night, talking about why he just can’t seem to fire press secretary Sean Spicer. “He’s a muttering slobber-mouth with a taste for his own foot. Why don’t I fire this guy?” “Trump” asked before revealing the answer: ratings. “Trump,” played by comedian Anthony Atamanuik, stars in the parody talk show, which includes segments like “Nice! Not Nice!,” in which he talks about all the people and things he likes and doesn’t like. First up is far-right candidate for President of France Marine Le Pen, »

- Carli Velocci

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Oprah Says She Received Racist Hate Mail for Starring in Ellen DeGeneres’ Coming Out Episode (Video)

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Oprah Winfrey says she received racist hate mail for starring as Ellen DeGeneres’ therapist in the famous coming out episode of “Ellen” in 1997, titled “The Puppy Episode.” The mogul made the revelation in Friday’s episode of the comedian’s talk show, to commemorate “The Puppy Episode’s” 20th anniversary. She recalled seeing messages that used the N-word, told her to “go back to Africa,”and other “vile, vitriolic stuff.” “I misread that everybody was like us, that they were open-minded and that they were receptive and that they wanted people to just be who they are,” Winfrey said. The »

- Carli Velocci

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Ratings: Fox’s ‘Kicking & Screaming’ Finale Sinks to Series Lows

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The Hannah Simone-hosted “Kicking & Screaming” season finale slipped to series lows on Thursday, matching its worst-ever TV rating in the key 18-49 demographic and setting a new low-water mark among total viewers. That disappointing performance dropped Fox behind Telemundo for the night, and into a tie with Univision. ABC topped primetime in the main demo with its “Tgit” lineup, while CBS claimed another overall audience victory. The Disney-owned broadcaster was first in ratings with a 1.3 rating/5 share in the advertiser-coveted demographic and second in total viewers with an average of 5.1 million, according to preliminary numbers. Also Read: Ratings: 'Empire'. »

- Tony Maglio

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James Gunn Says a Fourth ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Would Follow a Different Group

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Before “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” has even hit theaters, a third movie in the franchise was announced with the same lead characters. But if a fourth installment winds up getting made, director James Gunn said it would be completely different than the prior three movies. “I think the first three movies tell a single story and that story is pretty simple,” Gunn told the Toronto Sun. “I think that there could be a ‘Guardians Vol. 4,’ but it would not be the same. It would not be the same group… Basically the story of this group ends with »

- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Fox News’ Bill Shine Comes Under Pressure Following Sean Hannity Tweets

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Bill Shine has long been given credit as being a driving force behind Fox News Channel. He was a longtime guiding hand behind veteran anchors like Sean Hannity and Greta van Susteren, and is said to be a key determinant of how the network’s anchors present the issues on air each broadcast day.

But now a series of press stories and fiery tweets from Hannity himself have put Shine in a spotlight he would probably like to avoid.

Sean Hannity, the only remaining Fox News primetime anchor who has ties back to the network’s earliest days, on Thursday used Twitter to vent his frustration about a New York magazine report suggesting that Shine, currently a co-president of Fox News, had sought public support from the Murdoch family, the controlling shareholders of Fox News parent 21st Century Fox. “Somebody High Up And Inside Fnc is trying to get an innocent person fired,” Hannity »

- Brian Steinberg

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‘How to Be a Latin Lover’ Edges Tom Hanks’ ‘The Circle’ at Thursday Box Office

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The romantic comedy “How to Be a Latin Lover” topped the Tom Hanks-Emma Watson thriller “The Circle” on Thursday night.

Latin Lover” grossed $450,000 at 925 U.S. locations, while “Circle” took in $430,000.

Both new movies are expected to trail “The Fate of the Furious” this weekend, which should land in the $15 million to $20 million range during Friday-Sunday.


Box Office: ‘Fate of the Furious’ Aims for Threepeat Over ‘The Circle,’ ‘Latin Lover

The Circle” from Stx and EuropaCorp opens at 3,163 venues and is projected to reel in between $10 million and $15 million. The film, which premiered Wednesday at the Tribeca Film Festival, has a relatively thrifty $18 million budget.

The Circle” is set in the near-future and stars Hanks as the founder of a Silicon Valley social media company with Watson portraying an employee who finds herself in a dilemma over privacy and tech ethics. Dave Eggers co-wrote the screenplay, based »

- Dave McNary

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Dionne Warwick Movie in Works With Mister Smith Selling at Cannes

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A documentary feature film about singer Dionne Warwick, “Don’t Make Me Over,” is in the works, which will provide a “glimpse into the life of one of the most famous, yet notoriously private, superstars of the last 60 years,” according to a statement. David Garrett’s Mister Smith Entertainment will launch sales on the film and present select footage to international buyers at next month’s Cannes Market.

The film, co-directed and co-produced by Dave Wooley and David Heilbroner, and written by Wooley, “brings to life the real Dionne Warwick, an African-American woman who broke racial and gender barriers, a dedicated humanitarian fighting injustice worldwide, and a singer whose music became the soundtrack for generations.”

Directors of photography are Oscar nominee Tom Bergmann (“Life, Animated”) and Academy Award winner Ronan Killeen (“O.J. Made in America”). The film is being edited by Emmy Award winner Aljernon Tunsil (“Through the Fire: »

- Leo Barraclough

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'The Circle' Review: Torn-From-Headlines Tech Thriller Is Cinematic Dead Link

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What we have here is one of those up-to-the-minute attacks on Internet atrocities that stopped being up-to-the-minute the second co-writer Dave Eggers, on whose 2013 novel The Circle is based, finished the script and hit "send." Fact trumps (I use the verb advisedly) fiction everywhere these days, especially with Congress giving Web providers a free hand to sell every little thing they know about us. What this movie needed was the satiric depth-charge of a Stanley Kubrick in his Dr. Strangelove period, a sort of How I Learned to Stop Worrying »

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Colbert Calls House Gop Members ‘D—–bags’ Over ‘Zombie Trumpcare’ Exemption (Video)

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Like most of you, Stephen Colbert cannot wait for President Trump’s first 100 days to officially be over — if for no other reason than so we can all finally stop talking about it. Fortunately, Monday will mark that milestone. “It is just exhausting … watching this man try to accomplish something,” the “Late Show” host quipped on Thursday. Over the course of his still-young term, Trump’s healthcare bill has been particularly tough to follow in all of its iterations. The Affordable Care Act’s replacement is now being referred to as “Zombie Trumpcare,” as the proposed law is pretty much a shell. »

- Tony Maglio

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Katie Couric Confronts Russian Spokeswoman With Reports of Anti-Gay Torture (Video)

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Yahoo News’ Katie Couric had a testy confrontation with a Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson when the veteran anchor asked about gay men being allegedly detained and tortured in Chechnya. The Russian official, Maria Zakharova, became visibly annoyed when Couric brought up “disturbing reports” about the government in Chechnya rounding up and arresting gay men. “No, no, no. This is not my issue,” Zakharova said. “I’m not a specialist in that.” Also Read: Federal Fox News Investigation Expands to Include Second Agency (Report) Couric didn’t back down on Thursday, continuing to read a report alleging how some of the »

- Brian Flood

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‘How to Be a Latin Lover’ Schools ‘The Circle’ at Thursday Previews

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How to Be a Latin Lover” edged past Emma Watson and Tom Hanks’ “The Circle” at Thursday previews, earning $450,000 from over 925 U.S. locations — “The Circle” earned $430,000. Based on the 2013 novel by Dave Eggers, “The Circle” stars Watson as Mae Holland, the newest employee of The Circle, a powerful social media company founded by charismatic tech guru Eamon Bailey (Hanks) and his partner Tom Stelton (Patton Oswalt). To gain further standing in the company, Mae takes part in The Circle’s top priority project which could forever change the standards of privacy and personal freedom. Soon, a mysterious »

- Beatrice Verhoeven

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MSNBC Sets Nicolle Wallace At 4 Pm Hour

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Nicolle Wallace has made a name for herself at MSNBC as a political analyst who comes with chops hard-won from the George W. Bush administration and the John McCain presidential campaign. Now, she will try to stand out hosting the cable-news outlet’s 4 p.m. hour.

The NBCUniversal-owned outlet said Wallace will help to expand a late-day block that focuses on politics. Her hour is followed by Chuck Todd’s “Mtp Daily,” Greta van Susteren’s “For the Record” and Chris Matthews’ “Hardball.” Wallace is expected to cover political developments and deliver interviews with newsmakers. MSNBC said Steve Kornacki will have presence in the hour, where he has recently held forth.

More to come…


- Brian Steinberg

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Chris Pratt Hilariously Prank Calls Exotic UK Pet Shop, Store Clerk Remains Surprisingly Calm (Video)

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Turns out, Chris Pratt is extremely good at making prank phone calls. The “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” star made an appearance on BBC Radio 1, and was ordered to make a call to a random location and start every sentence with the next letter of the alphabet. Pratt called an exotic pet store in the United Kingdom to ask about caring for his stick insect — but as the call went on, it sounded more and more like he was describing “Guardians” fan favorite, Groot. Also Read: Chris Pratt on What Went Wrong With 'Suicide Squad': 'Too Many Characters' The store clerk. »

- Beatrice Verhoeven

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